CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team dropped its home opener to Furman, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex. The Blue Hose fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Paladins improve to 3-1.

How It Happened

Pitching was the story for much of the early going with neither side budging until the fifth inning. PC starter Hunter Kyzar retired nine straight through the first three innings and allowed just one hit until that fifth inning.

The Paladins’ first run was of the unearned variety, but nonetheless gave them a 1-0 lead. After the leadoff batter reached on a hit-by-pitch, Logan Taplett attempted a sacrifice bunt that went directly to the pitcher but an errant throw attempting to get the runner at second allowed the runner to advance, putting two on with one out. Kyzar would get the next two Furman hitters with a strikeout and a flyout but Carter Grote singled to center with two outs to give the Paladins the lead.

Furman increased its advantage with three runs in the sixth. Back-to-back walks to open the inning put two on with no outs and brought on a new PC pitcher. Jackson Dean got a flyout to center for the first out, which allowed the runner from second to tag and put runners on the corners. Furman then strung together four straight singles to drive in the three runs, before a 5-3 double play ended the rally.

The Paladins managed to add single runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Sky Overton singled, stole second and third, before eventually scoring on a passed ball. An RBI single from Overton to plate Grote in the eighth would be the final run of the game, as Furman took the win 6-0.

PC put runners aboard in three of the first four innings but unable to get one in to scoring position until the seventh. The best chance for the Blue Hose came in the eighth, as they loaded bases with one out, thanks to a Glen Casaceli hit-by-pitch, a Cletis Avery single and a walk by Nick Guimbarda. An infield fly and a strikeout would leave the runners stranded, though.

Overton helped key the Paladins to the win, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Pitchers of Record

Furman’s Hunter Baker (1-0) earned his first career victory in his first outing at Furman. The righty tossed 7.0 shutout innings and allowed two hits with two walks against a pair of strikeouts.

Kyzar (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite a strong start. The senior lefty threw 4.2 innings pitched and allowed just a single unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts against one walk.

Player of the Game

Hunter Kyzar, making his first start in 19 career appearances, put PC in a position to win. The lefty’s only run allowed was unearned but was enough to saddle him with the loss. Kyzar allowed just two hits with three strikeouts against a lone walk and retired nine straight batters after opening the game with a walk.

Notables

- Ethan Wortkoetter made his 81st appearance as a Blue Hose in today’s game, establishing a new program record since it was reinstated with the 1988 season. The sidearmed hurler worked 1.2 innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit with two strikeouts.

- Conversely, Tristan Roberts made his first appearance as a Blue Hose, completing a scoreless ninth inning. Roberts set the Paladins down in order, including two via the strikeout.

- The three hits from PC all came from seniors. Tyler Weyenberg was 1-for-4, while Avery and Brett Auckland each went 1-for-3 on the afternoon.

Up Next

The Blue Hose are back at home on Wednesday to face another in-state team, hosting Wofford at 2 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.